HCC Community Connectors Grant


HCC Adult Services say they are looking for applications from organisations who can develop a new and innovative way to support communities to become better connected, taking an asset based approach to improving wellbeing and inclusivity within local areas. This is based on creating and sustaining broadly based support in the community, outside the traditional boundaries of health and social care services, to promote good health and wellbeing and strong social connections. An asset-based approach takes account of how people live and how they can be enabled to realise their potential.

This grant programme falls under the umbrella of the Adult Services Transformation programme which is seeking to develop new ways of working with an aim to save money and to support individuals to acknowledge their own strengths, whilst making links within the community to identify existing or new solutions to achieve increased wellbeing. Therefore Adult Services would envisage this new model supporting people to create or maintain friendships, build networks and participate in supported volunteering.

Applications must demonstrate how existing volunteer connecter schemes, eg surgery signposters, care navigators, community ambassadors etc, would be linked within the new model.

Applications can come from partnerships, but these should demonstrate how those individual organisations will work together and how they will develop and manage a network of volunteers. Applicants will also need to provide evidence of a history of working effectively with various organisations and a range of groups of people.

Proposals must demonstrate how the partnership will work with beneficiaries over the age of 18, at risk of social isolation and diminished independence. Applications are welcome from partnerships that can evidence working with people who have: learning disability, physical disability, long term conditions, mental health needs, carers, sensory impairment or loss, and other traditionally excluded groups.

Initially they are looking to test this model in one or more of the specific areas listed on their website with a view to rolling out the successful model across Hampshire.

The term of the grant will be for 18 months (Oct 2016 – April 2018) to test the project. Grant applications up to a maximum of £100,000 will be considered, but if bidding for the full amount, they would expect to see that the whole of Hampshire is covered.

Deadline: midnight Sunday 24 July 2016.

For an opportunity to discuss or ask questions, briefing sessions will be held on:
• Tuesday 5 July 11am to 12.30am, Basingstoke
• Tuesday 12 July 1pm to 2.30pm, Winchester
To book a place at a briefing session please email [email protected]

For full details and to apply, visit Hantsweb.